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The Dean and Canons' Houses of St George's Chapel, Windsor (Hardback)

An Architectural History

P&S History > Archaeology > Archaeological Method & Theory P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Archaeology

By John Crook
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Pages: 176
Illustrations: Colour
ISBN: 9781789258653
Published: 15th November 2022
Casemate UK Academic



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The College of St George at Windsor Castle was founded by Edward III in 1348 to support the newly created Order of the Garter, and to this day fulfils the same primary purpose. The domestic buildings provided for the Warden, Canons and Priest-Vicars – now the Deanery and Canons Cloister – are an astonishing survival: despite enlargement and alteration over the centuries, a significant amount of the mid-fourteenth-century fabric survives, though often hidden from view. A recent programme of refurbishment and conservation revealed much hitherto unknown evidence for the way the buildings were constructed, their fittings and decoration and their subsequent evolution. The author maintained a continuous ‘watching brief’ throughout the refurbishment works, the results of which are published here for the first time.


The archaeological evidence is supplemented by the excellent survival of documentation, both for the initial construction of the buildings and their subsequent development: we know the precise date of each stage of construction, the cost and even the names of the workmen involved. The post-medieval history of the buildings is also highly significant, and for this period we have the benefit of knowing more about the deans and canons who influenced the ways their dwellings developed, and of a continued wealth of documentary evidence.

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About John Crook

John Crook FSA is a widely published independent architectural historian, archaeologist and architectural photographer. He has worked on the history of St George’s College for more than two decades and is archaeological consultant to the Dean and Canons.

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